Today’s photos are from Eve J. in Tennessee. Eve says, “I live in Norris, Tennessee, a very small historic town which was built as the first actual planned community in the 1930s to house workers who were building TVA’s Norris Dam. The town was designed with quaint cottages, walking trails and common green areas for recreation.
“My home is one the original Norris homes made with hand split white oak shingles on a sloped yard. It was once called the “hillside house”. Because it is surrounded by many large oak trees, it is truly a shade garden with a combination of shade tolerant annuals, native plants, and ferns. Living in the woods, it has been a challenge to find plants and barriers to keep the large herd of deer that live in the woodlands behind my house from eating everything.
“The hardscape features dry-stacked fieldstone retaining walls, flag stonepatios, and a water feature to give the feel of an Appalachian stream. My summer flower beds are a mixture of many different colors and textures, and I have found that houseplants are easily incorporated into annual beds for a unique look.
“My first love is ferns–I have an extensive collection throughout the garden. Except for the raised flower beds by the house, my goal is to have a maintenance free yard with native shrubs, perennials, ferns, and hostas. I am truly addicted to plants and gardening and have never passed a plant I did not want to buy and grow.”
Love it, Eve. **We’ll be featuring some of Eve’s containers tomorrow. Don’t miss it–they’re cool!